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Fables by John Gay, Richly Illustrated with Engravings, Rare, Leather, 1793


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Fables by John Gay
With a Life of the Author
And Embellished with a Plate to Each Fable.

By William Blake and other notable engravers.

John Gay (1685-1732) was an English poet and playwright, still remembered for The Beggar's Opera. He was born to an aristocratic but impoverished family, which made him dependent on the generosity of patrons. His Fables were originally intended for a young, courtly, or aristocratic audience as a way to relate life lessons and morals through fun stories. There are a total of 51 fables in the book and 70 plates, 12 of which were engraved by Blake. They illustrate his skill as an engraver.

Publisher: Printed by Darton & Harvey for E. & C. Rivington, B. & B. White, T. Longman, B. Law & Son, G. G. & J. Robinson, T. Cadell, S. Bladon, R. Baldwin, J. Sewell, J. Johnson, H. L. Gardner, J. Bew, W. Goldsmith, J. Murray, W. Lowndes, J. Scatcherd & Co., G. & T. Wilkie, & E. Newbery, LONDON
Copyright: 1793

CONDITION: This book is in good condition. Half calf leather and marbled boards with a trio of hand-tooled raised and embossed dentelles on the spine. Boards are worn along edges and corners and surface rubbed. There is an ex-libris on the front pastedown. This volume is profusely illustrated with 67 illustrations including 12 after designs by William Blake, who on commission, contributed a number of engravings, based on designs by others, to this 1793 edition. The illustrations follow the John Stockdale edition. Engravers/Illustrators include: William Blake, William Skelton, W. Grainger, Pierre (Peter) Mazell, John Hall, Philipp Audinet, and Lovegrove. The upper front joint is starting, otherwise a handsome, tight copy. The text block is crisp and clean. Binding square.

256 pages, 5.5" x 8.25"
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